An eco-friendly room for baby

Posted by Rumin Mann
September 2nd, 2011

Preparing for a baby’s arrival can be exciting and overwhelming all at once, especially when it comes to designing the nursery.

“New parents want a beautiful, safe and healthy space, but don’t always know where to begin,” said Caroline McCandlish, 29, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified residential designer based in Reston.

Decorating the baby’s room with organic and sustainable materials and products is a growing trend. New parents, including those who haven’t always been keen on green living, want the healthiest options for their new baby.

But for consumers new to the eco-friendly marketplace, going organic can be a daunting task. “There’s a lot out there,” she said. “You just have to know what to look for.”

As a start, she recommends seeking out low-emission paints, LED light bulbs, organic cotton changing pads and solid wood furniture.

We spoke to McCandlish by phone and got the lowdown on creating a sustainable space for baby. Here is an edited excerpt.

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